Mid-sized saloons are set to be all the rage in the coming years and manufacturers far and wide are doing their utmost to cash in on their impending popularity. Yesterday Skoda announced its Rapid and joining it today are the two new models from Citroen — the C-Elysee and C4 L.
The C-Elysee is a squat, solid-looking mid-sized saloon with ‘robust’ aesthetics. In other words, it looks like a well-styled brick. Citroen says the distance between its wheels, or the wheelbase, is 2.65m — the longest in its class. That gives it a roomy interior with enough space for all the family and a large boot measuring 565 litres.
The Citroen C-Elysee will come with a range of family-pleasing equipment such as Bluetooth, an MP3-compatible stereo and an air conditioning unit with Citroen’s familiar digital readout. Engine choice will depend on the country you’re buying it in, but expect the C-Elysee to be available with Citroen’s cheap, cheerful VTi 72 petrol engine.
The Citroen C4 L meanwhile is a ‘lounge’ or saloon version of the C4. It’s a beautiful-looking car which has a ‘lounge-like’ rear compartment with wraparound seats, backrests inclined to 29 degrees and headrests engineered for those who like to lay about.
Citroen says the C4 L will feature hands-free door opening and engine start, touch-screen GPS, reversing camera, heated windscreen and air ioniser. It’ll be powered by a choice of THP150 or THP170 or VTi engines working in tandem with either a manual or a new automatic sequential 6-speed gearbox.
The C4 L will be built and sold in Whuan, China by the end of 2012 and in Kaluga, Russia in the first half of 2013. The C-Elysee will be built in Spain and will go on sale in Turkey, Spain, Central Europe and Algeria at the end of 2012.